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Dan Mullen has been Hired as Florida Gators Head Coach

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Dan Mullen, the Gators’ former two-time national championship-winning offensive coordinator, is headed back to Gainesville.

Dan Mullen, issued a statement saying “Megan and I are very excited to get back to Gainesville and the University of Florida,” Mullen said in a statement released by the school. “I have such great memories of the championships we won during our time here and have a love for Florida. We are happy to be coming back to such a supportive administration, staff, student body and fan base, which is the premier football program in the country. We will give relentless effort in everything that we do on and off the field. Our commitment will match the passion that the Gator Nation has for this program.”

Great Catch Derek Dooley, Florida Upsets Tennesse VIDEO

Tennessee Loses to FloridaUniversity of Tennessee head coach Derek Dooley catches  an out of bounds pass from his quarterback during the second half of play against the Florida Gators at Neyland Stadium.

January 15, 2010, Dooley was hired as the head coach at the University of Tennessee. He replaced Lane Kiffin, who resigned to become head coach at the University of Southern California after one season at Tennessee.

Video/Audio…Go away Lane Kiffin No One in Tennessee Likes You

Dooley is the son of former University of Georgia head football coach and athletic director Vince Dooley.

Dooley was a walk-on wide receiver at the University of Virginia. He earned a scholarship with the Cavaliers following his second season and helped the school to three bowl appearances, including an ACC championship in 1989. In 1990, he was named first-team Academic All-ACC and participated in the Senior Bowl. He graduated in 1990 with a bachelor’s degree in government and foreign affairs, and went on to earn his Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from Georgia in 1994.[5] Dooley practiced law at Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough in Atlanta for almost two years before embarking on his coaching career.

SEC College Football…For the 8th year in a row the Florida Gators upset Tennessee

Final score:  Florida 37-Tennessee-20

Play of the day:  Derek Dooley’s great sideline catch and spike.

Updates:  Devon Walker, Tulane University

9/14/12 – After an extensive therapy session, Devon was able to have some liquids today and some ice cream. This brought a big smile to his face. He also had time to enjoy some of the cards that have come in from Tulane and all over the country.

9/13/12 – Devon had his room rearranged today to change his view and scenery. He looks forward to the arrival of his sister tomorrow for a visit. He continues to receive tremendous support and his care team is amazing.

9/10/12 -Tulane Safety Devon Walker is Responsive Following Surgery

Tulane’s Devon Walker, bottom right, and Julius Warmsley (92) tackle Tulsa’s Kenny Welcome, bottom left, during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Tulsa, Okla., Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012. On this play, Walker was seriously hurt.

Tulane University safety Devon Walker, who suffered a fractured cervical vertebrae during Saturdays game against Tulsa…is said to be “alert” and  “responsive”  following surgery on Sunday.

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Teryl Austin

Updated – Texas reportedly hiring Florida’s Teryl Austin as new defensive  coordinator! Teryl Austin was a three-year starter and four-year letterman at Pittsburgh (1984-87).  He  participated  in the 1984 Fiesta and the 1987 Bluebonnet Bowls. After graduating from college , Austin competed in the training camps of the Washington Redskins and Hamilton Tiger-Cats before playing for the Montreal Machine of the World League of American Football in 1991.

Coaching Experience

2007-09

Arizona Cardinals (Defensive Backs)

2003-06

Seattle Seahawks (Defensive Backs)

1999-2002

Michigan (Defensive Backs)

1996-98

Syracuse (Defensive Backs)

1993-95

Wake Forest (Defensive Backs)

1991-92

Penn State (Graduate Assistant)

Coaching Accomplishments

  • Has 19 years of coaching experience, including 12 at the collegiate level and seven as an NFL defensive backs coach with the Arizona Cardinals (2007-09) and Seattle Seahawks (2003-06). Austin helped lead both Seattle and Arizona into the Super Bowl as NFC Champions.

  • Previously coached alongside Florida offensive coordinator Steve Addazio at Syracuse and Gator quarterbacks coach Scot Loeffler at Michigan.

  • Under Austin’s tutelage, 2008 first-round pick Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie led the Cardinals with four interceptions during the regular season and had two more in the playoffs during Arizona’s run to Super Bowl XLIII.

  • In 2007, Austin’s secondary helped the Cardinals lead the NFL in interception returns for touchdowns (six) and in return yardage (551). Cornerbacks Rod Hood and Antrel Rolle each had five interceptions with Rolle returning three of them for touchdowns and Hood returning two. Rolle’s 231 return yards were good for second in team history, and his two interception returns for touchdowns against Cincinnati (Nov. 18) tied an NFL record.

  • During his tenure in Seattle, Austin was instrumental in the development of the Seahawks’ secondary heavily pieced together through the NFL Draft, mentoring draft picks Marcus Trufant (first round, 2003), Ken Hamlin (second round, 2003), Michael Boulware (second round, 2004) and Kelly Jennings (first round, 2006).

  • In winning the NFC in 2005 in Seattle, Austin’s secondary, despite missing a combined 19 games due to injury, helped carry the Seahawks to the Super Bowl. The defensive backfield was led by Boulware, who in only his second NFL season led the team in interceptions (four) and was second on the team in tackles (73).

  • In 2004, Austin coached a group of Seahawks defensive backs that, for just the second time in team history (1984), had three different players intercept at least five passes and for the first time since 1984, all four starters intercepted at least four. Collectively, the Seahawks ranked third in the NFL with 23 interceptions and collected at least one pick in all but two games.

  • Prior to joining the Seahawks in 2003, Austin was an assistant for 12 years at the collegiate level, where he also coached defensive backs.He began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Penn State (1991-92) before heading to Wake Forest (1993-95), Syracuse (1996-98) and Michigan (1999-2002).

  • At Syracuse, he mentored All-Americans Donovin Darius and Kevin Abrams. Darius was named the 1997 Big East Conference Player of the Year and went on to become a first-round NFL Draft pick with fellow defensive back Tebucky Jones – the first time in Syracuse history that two Orangemen were selected in the first round.

  • He also coached NFL talents Will Allen (Dolphins) and Keith Bulluck (Titans) at Syracuse and tutored Marlin Jackson (Colts) and Cato June (Colts) while at Michigan.

  • Austin also helped lead teams to seven consecutive bowl berths from 1996-2002.

Prominent Players Coached
ARIZONA CARDINALS

  • SS Adrian Wilson – A three-time pro-bowler (2006, ‘08, ‘09) was selected to the 2009 All-Pro team after recording 73 tackles, five interceptions, two sacks and a fumble recovery on the season.

MICHIGAN

  • XX Marlin Jackson – A two-time All-American and two-time first-team All-Big Ten selection was a first-round pick by the Indianapolis Colts in the 2005 NFL Draft. A four-year starter for the Wolverines, he totaled 195 career tackles, 13 tackles-for-loss, nine interceptions, five forced fumbles and two sacks in his collegiate career.

  • S Cato June – Earned honorable mention All-Big Ten honors as a senior despite being plagued with injuries at Michigan. He was chosen by the Indianapolis Colts in the sixth round of the 2003 NFL Draft and was a 2005 Pro Bowl selection.

SYRACUSE

  • CB Will Allen – Finished his collegiate career with 142 tackles, four interceptions and 39 passes defended. Was a first-team All-Big East choice and was a semi-finalist for the Jim Thorpe Award as a senior. He was taken in the first round of the 2001 NFL Draft by the New York Giants.

  • S Keith Bulluck – Was a three-year starter and collected 375 tackles (seventh-most in school history), six sacks, three interceptions, three forced fumbles and six fumble recoveries during his career. Led the Big East with 138 tackles and was named first-team All-Big East and received the Bill Horr Award as Syracuse’s most valuable player as a senior. He was selected in the first round of the 2000 NFL Draft by the Tennessee Titans.

  • S Donovan Darius – Set the school record for tackles by a defensive back with 379 in his career. An All-Big East selection in 1995 and 1996, he was drafted in the first round of the 1998 NFL Draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars.

  • CB Kevin Abrams – A two-time All-American (1995, ’96) at defensive back, Abrams owns the Syracuse record for season (24) and career (55) passes defended. He was selected in the second-round of the 1997 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions.

  • S Tebucky Jones – Converted from running back to defensive back before his senior year and earned All-ECAC first-team and second-team All-Big East honors as a safety. Recorded 80 tackles, three forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and four interceptions in his lone year on defense. Drafted in the first round of the 1998 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots.  Read more at Gatorzone.com

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Urban Meyers

Urban Meyers resigns as head football coach at the University of Florida! Urban Meyer arrived at the University of Florida six years ago as one of college football’s most highly regarded up-and-coming coach.

Dan Mullen

When Urban Meyer resigned Wednesday afternoon, Florida officials likely started to compile a list of potential replacements. Here are four coaches who could be on the short list. 1.  Dan Mullen, Mississippi State Head Coach Florida fans are already pining for Mullen on message boards across the ‘net.

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Urban Meyer Update, Tim Tebow Looks for to Spending Time With Urban Meyer

Florida coach Urban Meyer will pretty much disappear after Friday’s Sugar Bowl when he begins his indefinite leave of absence to take care of his health issues.

Florida coach Urban Meyer changed his mind Sunday and said he was taking an indefinite leave of absence instead of resigning. Despite ongoing concerns with his health, he expects to be on the sideline leading the Gators when next season opens.

“I do in my gut believe that will happen,” he said Sunday at an Allstate Sugar Bowl news conference.  Read full story here

See VIDEO here “Urban Meyers Will know when to Return”

But quarterback Tim Tebow, who has called Meyer his father away from home, plans on spending some quality time with Meyer after the season. Tebow said he expects to get Meyer out on the golf course.

“Hopefully, I’ll beat him in golf a few times,” Tebow said.

Tebow and Meyer are very close, and Tebow said he’s confident Meyer will slow down and do what he has to do to regain his health in the coming months.

After the Southeastern Conference championship game three weeks ago, Meyer spent several hours in a Gainesville, Fla., hospital because of chest pains. Meyer said Sunday he had experienced similar problems at times this season but had not had a heart attack.

“He needs to for himself and for his health,” Tebow said. “He needs to take a lot of that burden off and just rejuvenate, just let himself recover and let his heart recover. I think he needs it. Because of that and the love he has for his family, I think he’ll be able to do that and walk away at least for a while and recover. It will be good for him to get away and rejuvenate and get ready to come back. I think it will be good for him.”

Gators quarterback Tim Tebow said he and several of his teammates cried when they found out Meyer was stepping down Saturday and were elated when he told them he changed his mind.

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Tebow said he also thinks it’s a good thing that offensive coordinator Steve Addazio will be the interim coach in Meyer’s absence.  Read full story here

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Update: LSU leading Mississippi State

UPDATE:  LSU 30 – Mississippi State 21 in the 4th quarter!

LSU 23  leading Mississippi State 21 beginning 4th quarter

Tim Tebow is Expected to Play!  Read more here

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